8.2
Setting - 8 | Selection - 8 | Service - 8 | Food - | Value - 9 | Overall - 8

Tiny bar which sits about 10 people, with 8 taps and about the same number in bottle selection - noticed they had some of the harder to find/obscure breweries of Tbilisi - namely SeaHorse Brewery and Underground Microbrewery -all active breweries but with little to no online presence or no update to their social media pages. I'd also point out that the bar does not display the name of the beers, just the styles and brewery names which made it a bit hard to figure out which version one is drinking - luckily, the bartender showed me the names on Untappd.

Friendly service in English. Bartender knew his stuff, gave me some tips on spots to visit. Limited food menu, consisting of burgers - oddly, a Belarus burger but nothing Georgia oriented. Seems they have a good beer rotation - at time of visit, they only served Georgian craft.

Bar definitely has a vibe, at some point it looked like I was in the meeting of some Georgian mobsters, add cats on top and weird paintings and you have a place with a vibe. Fair prices for Georgia, bottled beers also available to-go.

Only pet peeve about the place are the cats. They give this nasty cat food smell to the place.


7.6
Setting - 7 | Selection - 7 | Service - 8 | Food - 7 | Value - 9 | Overall - 7

Bar reminded me of Brussels Brewdog - 24 beers on tap - due to Covid, only 9 on rotation.
9 MTA is a client brewer and an importer of craft beer to Georgia - beside their own beers which are brewed either at Haandbryggeriet or Axiom, they also are the main importer for Stone brewery and Brewdog.

Sadly, during my visit they only had the Helles on draft and available in bottle. The rest was composed of Brewdog, Nogne, Stone, BRLO, St Bernardus, Rocherfort, Chimay. They had three of the Bayo Brewery, a Tbilisi brewer for sale.

Prices were on the fair side, 15cl of their beer was around 1€, while the Axiom beer was 2.50€ - all in all, the 2 drafts, a bottle and some tasty Kinkhali came out to 8€.

Service was friendly and in English, very eager to explain the local food and show me how to eat it - also to serve free samples, place was rather quiet. Staff quickly went back to their cell phone each time they were not busy. Rest of the menu, like many bars across Tbilisi will offer the classical American inspired menu of burger, fries and some sort of brunch menu. Good spot, but was expecting a bit more in terms of local variety.

The lack of local variety make this spot a bit less of a must-visit whilst in Tbilisi.


6.8
Setting - 6 | Selection - 7 | Service - 7 | Food - | Value - 7 | Overall - 7

A small micropub in the newly built Parkgate centre and just around the corner from the Pump House JDW and over the Stratford Road from the Craft Inn. There is seating for around 25 people plus standing room at the bar. It’s a double height unit where sadly the upstairs part isn’t used, so voices echo and it can get a little noisy in here when there is a boisterous group. They have four cask ales and six kegs, plus an excellent bottle / can selection. Friendly staff and working WiFi. A great addition to the local craft beer scene.


6.4
Setting - 6 | Selection - 5 | Service - 8 | Food - | Value - 7 | Overall - 6

A modern looking micropub with lots of wood and emulsioned walls with seating for 50. They have four cask ales and five keg beers plus a small selection of cans. Friendly staff. Close to Solihull and Shirley town centres, so fairly easy to reach by public transport or taxi. Parking here is in short supply. Not the best micropub I’ve been to and the selection is limited, but it does have a great community feel.


6.6
Setting - 6 | Selection - 5 | Service - 7 | Food - 7 | Value - 8 | Overall - 7

A typical city centre Spoons with an attached hotel. Cheap and cheerful. Aren’t they all. Plenty of cask pumps and kegs too, but nothing very interesting and lots of dupes. Come for a cheap tick, but with so many good bars close by, It’s not worth staying too long.